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Fake News & Fake Facts: Media Literacy Awareness

Learn how language can be used to in a way that it affects the way people perceive reality. Unlike real news, whose purpose is to simply inform, the main purpose of disinformation is to confuse and manipulate people.

The Importance of Truth

What are those who care about truth and democracy to do in this moment?

  • Choose your media sources wisely,
  • Compare and contrast media sources
  • Remember that some of the chaos and confusion is on purpose -- it's meant to mislead you so you to give up on truth.

“A people that can no longer believe anything … is deprived not only of the capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.” - Hannah Arendt

What Does Fake News Do to Your Brain?

How to Spot Fake News

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Infographic Text: Investigate the credibility of the source - Read beyond the headlines - Check the author's credentials - Is there a list of sources? - Is the article current and relevant or old and dated? Does the information seem like a joke or satire or is it real? - Check personal biases to see if it affects your judgment. - Do your own fact-checking or consult a librarian.

Fight Fake News

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Fact Checking Resources

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